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Should I Stay or Should I Go? Foreign Companies & China's New Government

BritCham / CBBC
Event type CSR Forum
Date Monday, June 17th, 2013
Time 15.00-17.30
Open for All welcome
Cost Members 100 RMB Non-Members 250 RMB
Contacts Ellen.wei@cbbc.org.cn T: +86 10 8525 1111 ext. 318
Venue DLA Piper Beijing 英国欧华律师事务所北京代表处
Organiser BritCham / CBBC
Address 20th Floor, South Tower, Beijing Kerry Center, No. 1 Guanghua Road, Chaoyang District, Beijing 100020 China
中国北京朝阳区光华路 1 号嘉里中心南楼 20 层 邮编:100020
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As China’s new administration takes shape it must implement innovative strategies to deal with environmental and social challenges that have gained increasing attention in the wake of public discontent. At this crucial stage in the Chinese economy, these environmental and social issues are set to gain a new precedence on the agenda. At the same time, a new administration could mean regulatory changes and new challenges for foreign entities in the market.

BritCham and CBBC’s CSR forum will be bringing together a panel of government, media and business experts to explore what the government’s new priorities may mean for foreign businesses and NGOs in the market. Focusing on a few key topics they will disuss new challenges foreign companies may face and how they can contribute to the CSR agenda to help China move towards its environmental and social goals.

The discussion will be divided into the following topics

  1. Will it be harder for easier for companies and NGO's under the new administration?
  2. What will happen in regard to visas for expats?
  3. What are the opportunities for business and government to work towards improving air quality (e.g. how to pitch for clean-air budgets from the government)
  4. How can NGOs pitch for government funds for civil society projects under the new administration

Speakers include:

Wang Liwei, CEO Charitarian

In recognition for his work in founding Charitarian magazine Wang acts as charity advisor and sits on the board of the The Ministry of Commerce, and the All China Industry and Commerce Federation and SASAC (State Owned Enterprise Chamber of Commerce). He is also an advisor at Tsinghua University CSR Centre Beijing.
Wang is the honoree vice-mayor for education in Shandong in recognition of his charitable work in establishing vocational schools in the region.  Wang is global speaker on the development of China given talks on the subject in Washington, Bangkok and in Baden Baden, Germany in the last 6 months.  His contribution to civil society in China was most recently recognized via a BMW Foundation Award at the Munich Economic Summit on the 16& 17 May.

Clare Pearson, DLA Piper

Clare is a full-time corporate responsibility manager and pro bono counsel for DLA Piper in Asia, where she established the pro-bono legal practice of DLA Piper in China. She has been working with NGO's in China since 199 and her unique and long term working relationship with the Ministry of Civil Affairs in Beijing enables her to understand government policies and execute projects out of the reach of most corporate foundations. Today she provides comprehensive advice to NGO's in China in the fields of government relations, incorporation and media management. Clare runs a project that trains 100 rural teachers in China per year in conjunction with Nord Anglia. She manages the government and media relations for E3 (Equal Education for Everyone). The program, which has run for three years, has proved highly successful and is currently being scaled up by other corporate sponsors with government approval.
As a result of her work in China, Clare has been appointed as the honoree editor of China's leading civil society magazine Charitarian.

Richard Wageman, DLA Piper

Richard is a partner in DLA Piper's Intellectual Property and Property team based in Beijing office and chairs DLA Piper's Franchise & Advertising Group in China. Richard has represented numerous companies and corporations with respect to their activities in China, specialising in foreign direct investments, corporate/ commercial transactions and real estate matters, with a focus on franchising, distribution and advertising matters. Richard has been recognised in The International Who's Who of Franchise Lawyers every year since 2008 as a leading foreign franchise lawyer working in China. 

Clareta Chia, Verizon

Clareta Chia-Lam is the legal counsel for North Asia for Verizon Communications, a company headquartered in New York and a global leader in delivering broadband and other wireless and wireline communications services to consumer, business, government and wholesale customers. Her focus countries are China, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Korea. Clareta has been in practice since 1996 and is qualified in New York, England and Wales and Singapore.

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